Founded 1909         Weekly News and Highlights      February 25th, 2022


Please note that due to legislation session obligations, our speaker will be joining our in-person meeting via Zoom.

Wednesday, March 2
At the Westin or On Zoom 
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The New Washington State Office of Equity: Bridging Opportunity Gaps and Reducing Disparities in Our Communities

Dr. Karen A. Johnson goes by Dr. J, and is the inaugural director for the newly created Washington State Office of Equity, established by the legislature and signed into law in April 2020.  The office will work with agencies to increase access to equitable opportunities in order to bridge opportunity gaps and reduce disparities. “Karen brings extensive experience working to transform local and state government systems to more equitably serve Washingtonians,” Gov. Jay Inslee said. “She has oriented her entire career around helping disadvantaged communities and instituting lasting systemic and institutional change for generations to come. I have every confidence that she will be an excellent, effective director. I am looking forward to working with her collaboratively to ensure that our state is one that supports all Washingtonians. The Office of Equity is an exciting opportunity to reframe how state government works.”   Join us to learn how Dr. J and her office will work with communities to develop the state’s five-year equity plan.

Dr. J holds both a Ph.D. and Master of Public Administration from Old Dominion University and earned her bachelor of science from Utica College of Syracuse University. She has also earned a Certified Diversity Executive certification.


Seattle 4 Rotary Mentors Inspire UW Foster School Students
The day’s long program showcased the work of the Seattle Rotary Business Mentors Committee, and its work with the UW Consulting and Business Development Center, Foster School of Business, which aims to enhance student education and careers.  According to the center director, Wil Tutol, Seattle Rotary’s two-decade partnership with UW has helped generate $250M in revenue for area businesses and created 150K jobs across Washington State.  “More than 300 Rotarians have served as business mentors over the years”, he said, “by pairing business professionals with students to enhance their education and open their eyes by teaming up to help businesses in underserved communities.”  
He led a three-person panel made up of a UW Foster school alumna, a small business owner, and a Rotary Business Mentor.  Seattle 4 business mentors committee co-chairs, Bill Marshall and Terry Van Nostrand have led the program for nearly a decade, helping pair students with Rotary mentors who provide guidance to students and coaching small business owners.  



Volunteer Opportunity

Saturday, February 26
9:15 AM - 11:15 AM
Wellspring Family Services
1900 Rainier Avenue S.
Spend a Saturday morning with your fellow Rotarians by helping families experiencing homelessness at Wellspring Family Services.
Friends and family welcome. 
Complete the Volunteer Form in advance and check the ‘Rotary – 4th Saturday’ box.  If anyone has any questions they can also reach out to
Volunteer Opportunity
Sunday, March 20
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
(3rd Sunday of each month)
Build Tiny Houses
The Hope Factory
5 South Nevada Street
14 volunteers maximum per event - first come, first served.  Volunteer form needs to be completed for each volunteer.   
  • Rotarians and their families, and friends of Rotarians are all welcome. 
  • Must be 18 years of age or above.
  • No previous experience is needed.
  • Must be vaccinated.
  • Masks are required.
  • Bring work gloves and lunch.

Howard Cohen at

Seattle 4 Fellowship
Thursday, March 24
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM  
The Rainier Tower
1301 5th Avenue - 12th Floor
Sea4's Happy Hour - All Welcome!
Thank you all who attended our first Happy hour on February 24th.  We can't wait to see you again and those that couldn't join us 
All members are welcome to attend.  
RSVP by March 22nd to



Rotary Club of Seattle
1326 5th Ave Suite 342
Seattle, WA 98101

Phone: 206-623-0023

Caroline Bobanick
Executive Director

Fiona Ronyai
Membership and Communications Manager
We love to see our Rotary members promoting good works in our community and abroad!  If you have a project or fundraiser that you are excited about and would like to promote to your fellow club members, please check in with our Executive Director, Caroline Bobanick, or Membership and Communication Manager, Fiona Ronyai, before distributing information or invitations through our email roster.  We value the privacy of our members’ contact information and can let you know the appropriate ways to reach out to folks in our club. Thank you!! 
Mar 02, 2022 12:30 PM
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Mar 09, 2022 12:30 PM
Online Program
Mar 16, 2022
Westin Hotel, 1900 5th Ave. and on Zoom
Mar 23, 2022
Online Program
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Click Each for a Full Description
Hearts and Wine
On Remo
Feb 25, 2022 6:30 PM
Rotary Volunteer Day
Wellspring Family Services
Feb 26, 2022 9:15 AM
Opera Outing - Blue
McCaw Hall
Feb 27, 2022 2:00 PM
Community Service Committee
On Zoom
Mar 02, 2022 10:30 AM
Education Committee Meeting
On Zoom
Mar 02, 2022 11:00 AM
Rotary Diplomacy Roundtable
Mar 10, 2022
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
International Service Committee
On Zoom
Mar 18, 2022 10:30 AM
Building Tiny Houses
Hope Factory
Mar 20, 2022 9:00 AM
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Dorothy Miller
Candy Lee
Eric Roecks
Burr Stewart
Jim Burdett
Jim Kraft
Jaime Mendez


1 Year
Ryan Bunbury
JB Menefee
Anne Jannetti
3 Years
Nick Curatola
Bailee Brown
Judy Kaiser
David McDonald
Derek Ruckman
Alvaro Jimenez
4 Years
Joyce Davidson
Taylor Shimizu
Jesse Thomas
Bonnie Towne
6 Years
Daron Vchulek
8 Years
Bob Boeshaar
9 Years
Eric Newman
Jim Loder
Mark Long
Jimmy Collins
13 Years
Bill Gates III
16 Years
Candy Lee
A.D. Vickery
Janice Winemiller
17 Years
Jeff Pritchard
18 Years
Manny Ramos
Liv Wernecke
20 Years
Jim Odom
Skip Rowland
21 Years
Joel Ferrell
James Wong
22 Years
Einer Handeland
24 Years
John Steckler
25 Years
Joel Paget
26 Years
Craig Dawson
28 Years
Gerry Maurer
30 Years
Laurel James
Mark Weed
32 Years
Rich Lacher
34 Years
Rita Ryder
44 Years
Fred Weiss

Meet fellow Rotarians and get involved in service.  Join a committee.  Contact committee chair or Fiona Ronyai for more information. 

Business Mentor Program
Community Service
International Service
Rotary Boys & Girls Club


Member Engagement
New Member Introduction
Membership Recruitment
Rotary Cares
Seattle Rotaract
Rotary Mariners
YRL - Young Rotary Leaders
Diplomacy Round Table
David Woodward, Founder
Dr. Skip Rowland, Chair
Meeting Reporters




Get Connected!

1. Join our club's LinkedIn Group.
2. Recommend fellow Rotarians.
3. Include Seattle Rotary 4 in your profile. 
4. Invite your connections to a weekly meeting, and let know so they may be introduced. 
If you don't already have a LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE to learn how to get started. 


Video of Seattle 4 Rotary Programs are available online thanks to the generous support of our Seattle Rotary Audio Visual Sponsors.

Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsor, Bob Alexander.

In addition to supporting our club, becoming a Seattle 4 Rotary Audio Visual Sponsor brings many benefits. To learn more, click here, or contact Caroline for more details at


Bob Alexander

Do You Have Any Musical Instruments to Donate to Students in Need?  

Music4Life is a non-profit and project of Rotary District 5030 that distributes musical instruments to public school students in need. 

We welcome any gently used musical instruments you wish to donate. They can be delivered directly to these local music stores that are now open: American Music in  Phinney  Ridge and Kennelly Keys Music in Bellevue, Lynnwood, and Everett.

Please accompany your instrument with the PDF donation form, linked below.

Contact Marli Iverson at 
for additional information or visit the website at


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